Learning and development software app for programmers in Basic



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QBasic (which is a shortened name of “Quick Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code”) is a balanced integrated development environment and an interpreter for a wide variety of BASIC programming languages that are based on QuickBASIC.

QBasic by astro96 is a cutting-edge coding software designed for beginners and seasoned programmers alike. Developed by the team at astro96, this software aims to simplify the process of learning and experimenting with the QBasic programming language. Whether you're new to coding or a veteran programmer looking to revisit the classics, it promises a user-friendly and feature-rich experience.

This easy-to-learn programming language is focused on beginners, enabling them to learn the elementary building blocks of programming and get prepared for the more advanced coding challenges that can be found in other programming languages. Because of its versatility and great support, QB64 can also be easily used by seasoned programmers who want to deploy new software solutions to older computer platforms.

It can be accessed via a DOS operating system, but it can also be run from inside the DOS emulator on modern Windows systems. The program should not be confused with a full software package of QuickBasic. One of the main differences between the app and the more capable package Quick Basic is that the app lacks a compiler and therefore, lacks the functionality of creating executable (EXE) files. QBasic programs can only be run from inside their built-in interpreter, and an overall command set of Q Basic is smaller than those of QuickBasic.


On-the-fly code syntax evaluation – One of the core advantages that makes Q Basic intuitive and easy to use by beginners is its core feature of real-time typing evaluation. It will monitor your typing and check if you have entered the proper extensions and common mistakes such as notifying the users about the single missing comma. For novices, this saves an incredible amount of time and enables them to more easily spot their most common errors, and it can also help seasoned professionals to more easily manage larger software projects.

DOS execution
– It can be run on older computer configurations that natively run the DOS operating system, but it is also accessible on more modern Windows OS systems. Users on such systems are required to install and use some of the available DOS emulators (such as DOSBox).

Easy to Install and Use
– It comes in easy to install a portable package, enabling you to unpack it and store it on any of your local drives or portable sticks. It does not interact with the OS registry.

Simple interface
– The program is a simple DOS character-based UI that presents to users only basic drop menu options such as Editing a project, searching for a specific entry, debugging, and a few others. The entire UI can be controlled via a keyboard, but the mouse accessory is also fully supported. The debug menu offers users access to tools such as Step, Procedure Step, Tracing, Breakpoints, and more. Syntax Checking options can be turned on or off depending on the user's preferences.

Easy programming for beginners
– It is an excellent starting point for novice programmers. Its programming language borrows several elements from C and can provide excellent training for the eventual switch to the more popular C/C++ languages that demand more attention to details and provide much larger command sets.

Key Features

Code Editor: It provides a robust code editor with syntax highlighting, auto-indentation, and error checking to make coding smoother and more efficient.

Interactive Debugger: Debugging your QBasic programs is a breeze with the built-in interactive debugger, which allows you to step through your code, set breakpoints, and inspect variables.

Graphics and Sound Libraries: Create engaging graphical and audio applications with ease using the included graphics and sound libraries.

Code Templates: Speed up your development process with a collection of pre-written code templates for common tasks and projects.

User-Friendly Interface: The software features an intuitive user interface that's easy to navigate, making it accessible to both beginners and experienced programmers.

Installation and Setup

Installing the app is a straightforward process. Simply download the installation package from the official website or FileHorse and run the installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation, and you'll be up and running in no time.

How to Use

Creating a New Project: Launch the software and click on "File" > "New Project" to start a new coding project.

Writing Code: Use the code editor to write your code. The software provides real-time syntax highlighting and error checking to assist you.

Debugging: To debug your code, set breakpoints by clicking in the margin next to the code line. Then, use the debugger to step through your program and identify issues.

Running Your Program: Click the "Run" button to execute your program and see the results in the built-in console.

Saving and Exporting: Save your projects and export your programs in various formats, including executable files for easy sharing.


Is QBasic by astro96 compatible with modern Windows operating systems?
Yes, the program is designed to work smoothly on modern Windows platforms, including Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Can I use QBasic software for educational purposes?
Absolutely! QBasic is an excellent tool for educational purposes, and it's a great choice for teaching programming fundamentals.

Are there tutorials or documentation available to help me get started?
Yes, the software includes comprehensive documentation and a series of tutorials to assist users in getting started with QBasic programming.

Can I import existing QBasic projects into QBasic by astro96?
Yes, you can import your existing QBasic projects into QBasic by astro96, making it easy to continue working on your previous projects.


QB64: QB64 is an open-source, cross-platform QBasic compiler that offers a powerful coding environment and compatibility with classic QBasic programs.

FreeBASIC: FreeBASIC is another open-source and cross-platform compiler that extends the QBasic language with modern features, making it suitable for a broader range of projects.

DOSBox: If you prefer a nostalgic experience, you can run original QBasic programs using DOSBox, a DOS emulator that works on various platforms.

System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Disk Space: 500 MB available
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible GPU
  • Beginner-friendly interface
  • Robust code editor with syntax highlighting
  • Interactive debugger for easy debugging
  • Comprehensive documentation and tutorials
  • Limited cross-platform compatibility
  • May lack some advanced features found in other QBasic compilers

QBasic is a commendable software solution for anyone interested in learning or revisiting QBasic programming. Its user-friendly interface, powerful code editor, and debugging capabilities make it an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced programmers. With a FREE version to get you started, the program is a valuable addition to the QBasic programming landscape.

Whether you're coding for fun, education, or nostalgia, it empowers you to unlock the creativity and potential of the QBasic language. Give it a try and embark on a journey of coding exploration!

Also Available: Download QBasic for Mac

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